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#UTCOP – How to Pray for Those Facing Sickness

I would ask that you pray especially for Tanya today. She request this prayer: “Please pray for God’s strength, guidance, peace and healing as I face illness and as my family go through this ordeal along with me.”

How to Pray for Those Facing Sickness

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All mighty God, today we uplift all those who are facing illness in their families. Illness comes in like a thief to steal joy, hope and peace, but we thank You Lord, that You are with us through illness. We praise You because of the assurance that though the outward man perishes our inward man will be renewed.

Bring comfort to those that are ill. Heal according to Your will. And above all else Lord, strengthen them that they may endure all that they face and be victorious in You.

Be with the family, help them to be the strength that their ill loved one needs when they are feeling especially weak. Help them to be compassionate and supportive through all the difficulties that arise. And help them also to bring their loved ones before You, because You are the Great Healer, not only of the body, but of the soul.

So Lord, be with us all who face illness. Help us never to let go of You but to help us to see and know and show who You are in spite of all that we face.

We pray all this is the name of Our Saviour, Amen

 

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Tanya – from God’s Character

Tanya is a child of God, wife, stay at home mom and homeschooler. She loves the Lord and loves telling people about who He is. By God’s grace her husband and she intend to live out Joshua’s statement “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. And so her greatest desire is to see her Lord face to face and along with her family, join in the joyous strains of triumphant voices praising our Lord and King. Check out her blog at God’s Character.

UTCOP: How Can We Pray Across the Miles?

How Can We Pray Across the Miles?

by Tanya

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Recently I had a need for prayer. My mind was led back to a prayer group that another blogger belonged to. The thing about this prayer group was that the member were thousands of miles away from me.

Earlier that same week, while doing research in preparation for homeschool, I stumbled upon a blog post about how one homeschool family organizes their day. One of the things they do every morning is to pray for some child in a war torn country, and a specific person of interest.

Then it hit me. These people were praying for people they had never met in person, they had never spoken one word to, yet somehow God had impressed on them to pray for those people.

Then I remembered my own prayer need and that this prayer group had done the same for me. In fact I have been added to their weekly prayer list- a stranger thousands of miles away. And I have done the same for others I have never met personally, but whose stories had touched me and I think it would be safe to say that many if not all of us have prayed for someone(s) we have never met.

Why? Because we believe in the power of prayer!

I’ve seen it in my own life. I’ve heard people talk about their own experiences. I’ve read about the power of prayer and of praying for others.

Prayer is real! There’s no denying it.

Oh those prayers that are being prayed for faces we have never seen and people we have

I didn’t ask you to take them to the water and make them drink

I didn’t ask you to take them to the water and make them drink

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“You can take a cow to the water but you can’t make it drink”

This was a statement that I was famous for saying when it came to talking about families. At that time I did not have any children and would often remark that there was only so much a parent could do in creating a environment for their children to grow and thrive, but the children still had to choose. Everything I said was true, but I was missing something important. We can create an environment where our children take part in ministry, go to church regularly and we can only hope that when they get older they will continue to follow on the path we have placed them on.

But is that our only job as parents?

A guy I was acquainted with said that when he was a salesman, he told his boss the same line I quoted earlier and this is what his boss told him,

“Your job is not to make the cow drink. Your job is to create thirst in the cow.”

We aren’t to live in such a way that our children will simply go to church. We are to live our lives in a way that our children will desire to know God, they will thirst after God and choose to “drink from the springs of living water”.

I am learning to allow God to mold me. I don’t just want to lead my children to the water’s edge, I want them to see me drinking, see me enjoying that water so much, that just watching me drinking it all up, they will become thirsty and drink from that same water.

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Tanya – from God’s Character

Tanya is a child of God, wife, stay at home mom and homeschooler. She loves the Lord and loves telling people about who He is. By God’s grace her husband and she intend to live out Joshua’s statement “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. And so her greatest desire is to see her Lord face to face and along with her family, join in the joyous strains of triumphant voices praising our Lord and King. Check out her blog at God’s Character.

 

Are You Spiritually Obese?

Are you Spiritually Obese?

by Tanya Are-you-spiritually-obese-By-Tanay We sit in church and listen attentively to the wonderful sermon that was preached and feel so refreshed by it. We go online and read a wonderful blog about how some person has been working for the Lord. We read the word of God and gain wonderful insights into the meaning of the passage of scripture.

Yet…we sit and do nothing.

Life happens. Work happens. Children happen . And so you find yourself too tired to play an active role in working for the Lord. And each week you return to church to receive another blessing from the service. And so we take in and take in, but we don’t do any spiritual work.

And so we become…spiritually obese.

Well today, I want to tell us all, to get up and get moving spiritually. Let us work the work of faith.

Let us shake off the spiritual lethargy that has us failing to work in service to God in sharing God’s love with others.

As we receive the truth, let us say like Jesus:

 

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work (John 9:4, King James Version).

We don’t need any special qualifications to work for God.
We don’t need money to work for God.
We don’t need a special time to work for God.

 

What we need to do is to get up in faith, and share a smile, a word of encouragement, a prayer…

Then it will be that we will stop only being fed, but also share and feed others the spiritual Bread which we have received.

Prayer:

Oh Lord, help us to share Your word with others, that they too may be blessed, as we have been by receiving Your Word. In Jesus’ Name we pray. AMEN.

 Tanya – from God’s Character

Tanya is a child of God, wife, stay at home mom and homeschooler. She loves the Lord and loves telling people about who He is. By God’s grace her husband and she intend to live out Joshua’s statement “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. And so her greatest desire is to see her Lord face to face and along with her family, join in the joyous strains of triumphant voices praising our Lord and King. Check out her blog at God’s Character.

Prayer is About Believing Too!

Prayer is About Believing Too!

by Tanya

Prayer Includes Believing

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A lot of times when we think about prayer, we think about it as asking God for something.

When we are sick… a loved one is sick… we need financial assistance… we have family problems… these are all times when we turn to prayer.

But a lot of times we stop here.

Have you heard the story about the little girl whose family prayed for rain? She was the only one who left with her umbrella.

SHE BELIEVED.

When we pray, sure we might as God for something, but prayer doesn’t stop with the asking.

Prayer also includes believing.

“Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you (Mark 11:24, NASB).

When we pray, let us also believe in the power of our infinite God of love and grace, to grant us that which is best for us. If we truly believe, just like that little girl who took the umbrella because she believed that the rain would fall, we will confidently step out in faith PREPARED for our “rain” to fall.

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Tanya – from God’s Character

Tanya is a child of God, wife, stay at home mom and homeschooler. She loves the Lord and loves telling people about who He is. By God’s grace her husband and she intend to live out Joshua’s statement “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. And so her greatest desire is to see her Lord face to face and along with her family, join in the joyous strains of triumphant voices praising our Lord and King. Check out her blog at God’s Character.

How to Persevere in Prayer

How to Persevere in Prayer

by Tanya

Persevere in Prayer

 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,

And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.

And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down that the rain stop thee not (1 Kings 18:42-44, KJV).

Have you ever really stopped to consider this story?

Let’s get a summary of the entire story. Now there was no rain for 3 1/2 years. At the end of this time God sent Elijah with the message to Ahab, that the drought had come to an end and there would be rain.

After an awesome “battle” with the false prophets, Elijah went up on the mountain to pray for rain. Had not God already told him that there would be rain? Why did he now need to pray for rain?

You see, praying to God does not change God, but it is our way of communicating, bonding, communing with God. And so Elijah prayed. Not once. Not twice, but SEVEN times he prayed for rain. At the seventh time, his servant returned with the news that there was a small cloud. This was confirmation that his prayer had been answered.

But did you notice how many time Elijah prayed? SEVEN times.

You see sometimes our prayers are not answered the first time we pray.

Sometimes our faith needs to grow. Sometimes we need to give up something that is standing in the way of our prayers being answered. Sometimes we just need to learn to surrender more. Sometimes we need to persevere.

And so Elijah persevered. He did not stop at the sixth time. He knew God had promised rain and He prayed until that promise was realized.

God has promised to give us “abundantly above all that we can ask or think” and many times we give up before He can give us those things-sometimes we stop praying at the sixth time.

God wants us to persevere in prayer until all our prayers are answered.

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Tanya – from God’s Character

Tanya is a child of God, wife, stay at home mom and homeschooler. She loves the Lord and loves telling people about who He is. By God’s grace her husband and she intend to live out Joshua’s statement “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. And so her greatest desire is to see her Lord face to face and along with her family, join in the joyous strains of triumphant voices praising our Lord and King. Check out her blog at God’s Character.

Why and How Can I Use a Prayer List?

Why and How Can I Use a Prayer List?

by Tanya of Gods Character

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When I was teaching I met this wonderful, strong Christian lady who would tell me “I added you and your husband to my prayer list” or “Mrs._____, I prayed for you this morning at prayer meeting.”

I must admit, when she first told me about being on her prayer list, I thought it was “legalistic”. I had grown up visiting churches (even though I attended a different church) where they read the same prayers over and over again based on the event that was taking place and I thought that this was just a rote prayer, which meant nothing. So when this sweet old woman told me about her prayer list I found myself thinking it was something similar.

Oh how wrong I was! 

After I left teaching and came home to raise my children and take care of my family, I realized that there were sooooooo many things I wanted to pray about and so many people that I wanted to pray for. But, I would forget so much things and so many people. Sure I would remember to pray when things were not so good, like a sick person, someone who lost a loved one….you know the ones that just jump right up in your face.

But the others…the thank yous and the praying for people who have stopped coming to church or people who seem to be having a bit of difficulty in their jobs or families, or the friend who everything seems to be going great for but they asked you to prayer for them for some unknown reason because they are not able to say at this particular moment…those I would forget.

Then it hit me- I need a way to remember all of these people and things to pray about.

I need a prayer list!

Not because I am legalistic, but because I forget.

And so from today I have committed to starting my prayer list.

A Printable Prayer List

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I need a prayer list because I forget.

I need a way to remember all of these people and things to pray about. So A Prayer List.

 Tanya – from God’s Character

Tanya is a child of God, wife, stay at home mom and homeschooler. She loves the Lord and loves telling people about who He is. By God’s grace her husband and she intend to live out Joshua’s statement “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. And so her greatest desire is to see her Lord face to face and along with her family, join in the joyous strains of triumphant voices praising our Lord and King. Check out her blog at God’s Character.

Have You Said a Thankful Prayer?

To all of our Canadian friends and readers – Happy Thanksgiving. Yes – today is Thanksgiving in Canada. Our post is a reminder to be thankful.

Have You Said a Thankful Prayer?

by Tanya, from God’s Character

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I find myself in prayer quite often, asking God for lots to things. “Dear God, give me grace”, “…I need…”, “…help me…”; these are phrases I us quite often in many of my prayers. And it is good to constantly come to God in prayer.

But, I noticed something very important; my prayers are mostly me asking God for things. Yes we are to ask God for the desires of our heart and He will grant them to us if it is His will.

But more importantly, we are to be thankful for the blessings
He gives to us all the time.
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I don’t know about you, but I want a thankful heart, a heart that does not focus on the cares of this life and sees only the negative things that affect me.

I want a heart that focuses on God’s blessings,
His goodness and love. 
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Prayer:

Dear Lord, I thank You today for all the blessings you have given to me and my family. Help me to see these blessings always and share You goodness with others as I let them know the good things you have done for me. Amen.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6, NIV).

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 Tanya – from God’s Character

Tanya is a child of God, wife, stay at home mom and homeschooler. She loves the Lord and loves telling people about who He is. By God’s grace her husband and she intend to live out Joshua’s statement “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. And so her greatest desire is to see her Lord face to face and along with her family, join in the joyous strains of triumphant voices praising our Lord and King. Check out her blog at God’s Character.

What is a Weary Prayer?

We have the privilege and pleasure to welcome Tanya of God’s Character as our newest contributor to Under the Cover of Prayer. Please welcome her in the comment section and visit her blog.

What is a Weary Prayer?

by Tanya

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 Have you ever made one of those prayers when you were so weary from the praying and seeming to not be getting any answers?

You know the ones in which you just lay there and just sigh because you don’t know what else to say.

I’ve had those types of prayers.

And when I have those prayers I am assured by this promise in God’s Word.

“In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” (Romans 8:26, NASB).

Be assured today, that even when you feel
like you can’t pray anymore, God’s Spirit is praying for you.
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 Tanya – from God’s Character

Tanya is a child of God, wife, stay at home mom and homeschooler. She loves the Lord and loves telling people about who He is. By God’s grace her husband and she intend to live out Joshua’s statement “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. And so her greatest desire is to see her Lord face to face and along with her family, join in the joyous strains of triumphant voices praising our Lord and King. Check out her blog at God’s Character.